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William Thirteen
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15/02/2012 4:39 pm  

i just perusing the Encyclopedia Thelemica and noticed that 89 years ago today, 15 February, was the day of Raoul Loveday's funeral down there in Caephalodium.  Paying a visit last Easter, I decided to wander the cemetery looking for his place of rest - forgetting that his remains had been exhumed and sent back to England. Did however, end up finding the cemetery ledger with his name & Betty May's. And of course his age was listed there as well - only 23. 

Rest In Peace young Dreamer...

A SONG OF TOWN
-Raoul Loveday-

“SING now of London
At fall of dusk;
A summer dragonfly-
Crept from the husk.

Dragonfly, on whose wing
Run golden wires;
So, down a street pavement,
Lamps throw their fires.

Dragonfly, whose wing is pricked
By many a spark;
Electric eyes of taxis
Bright through the dark.

Dragonfly, whose life is
Cold and brief as dew,
Drone now for London dusk,
Soon dead too.”


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15/02/2012 10:09 pm  

Greetings!

Yes, R.I.P. Raoul Loveday.

Recently I noticed the following regarding his date of death:
- R.Kaczynki's 'Perdurabo', p.391, says it happened on 16 February
- T.Churton's 'Aleister Crowley Biography', p.261, has it on St. Valentine's Day.
- The relevant entry in the Aleister Crowley Timeline of the Encyclopedia Thelemica (which, I think, comes from AC's diary) places it on 14 February as well.

Can anyone tell which date is the correct one?

Regards
Hecate


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15/02/2012 10:34 pm  

Thanks WilliamThirteen.

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William Thirteen
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16/02/2012 7:06 am  

according to the ledger - images of which are in the gallery here (currently unavailable, due to the upgrade) the burial took place on the 15th. I certainly hope young Loveday was done for before they interred him!


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William Thirteen
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16/02/2012 7:32 am  

actually, after examining the photos again more closely, I see that the number 15 simply refers to the fifteenth line in the left page of the ledger. On the right page there is actually a column with the header 'Morte' and here the date is given as "16 ore 17". So five p.m. on the 16th with burial the following day, the 17th.  Looks like we may need to correct the encyclopedia...


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16/02/2012 8:44 am  

Thanks for the info, William Thirteen!

I wonder if Aleister Crowley refers to that day in his diaries...

Regards
Hecate


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belmurru
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16/02/2012 9:46 am  
"Hecate" wrote:
Thanks for the info, William Thirteen!

I wonder if Aleister Crowley refers to that day in his diaries...

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Hecate

Symonds quotes it in the following paragraph:

"Two days later, on 16 February 1923, Raoul Loveday died. The entry in Crowley's diary says, 'Die Veneris. About 4 pm Fra. Aud died of Paralysis of the Heart.'"
(The Beast 666, p. 327 = King of the Shadow Realm, p. 324)

16 February 1923 was indeed a Friday. And today is the anniversary of Fra. Aud's death.


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16/02/2012 10:20 am  

Thank you, belmurru!

I made the needed corrections in the Enc. Thel.

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Hecate


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William Thirteen
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16/02/2012 1:24 pm  

as the galleries are not currently available - here are the photos of the ledger, though size constraints for attachments may result in the images being too small to read comfortably.


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